On the Edge of the Empires: North Mesopotamia During the Roman Period (2nd – 4th c. CE)

1st Edition

Rocco Palermo

Routledge
January 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 310 Pages
ISBN 9781138120136 - CAT# Y214178
Series: Studies in the History of the Ancient Near East

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Summary

On the Edge of Empires explores the mixed culture of North Mesopotamia in the Roman period. This volatile region at the eastern edge of the Roman world became during the imperial period the theater of confrontation for multiple political entities: Rome, Parthia, Sasanian Persia. Roman presence is only recognizable through military installations – forts, barracks, military camps – yet these fascinating lands tell a story of frontier people and soldiers, of trade despite war, and daily life between the Empires. This volume combines archaeological and historical, literary and environmental evidence in order to explore this important borderland between east and west.

On the Edge of Empires is a valuable addition to researchers engaged in the historical and archaeological reconstruction of the frontier areas of the Roman Empire, and a fascinating study for students and scholars of the Romans and their neighbours, borderlands in antiquity, and the history and archaeology of empires.

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